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Focus-ing on Data Protection

October 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Last week, as many of you may know, was the inaugural McAfee user conference, snappily titled “Focus 2008.” At Focus, I had the honor of participating on one of the panels alongside some of our valued customers.

The subject of the panel was “Is it possible to get ROI on data protection projects?” I’ll cut to the chase and let you know that the answer we and the audience arrived at was no, it’s not possible to predict or demonstrate ROI in advance of the project. BUT, it’s possible to give some indications of value, and certainly it’s possible to make some ROI estimations during and after implementation. Read more…

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Categories: Security/Exploits

Quantum Cryptography a reality?

October 17, 2008 Leave a comment

BBC News recently reported that the world’s first robust network based on Quantum cryptography hasgone live in Vienna. Comprising 7 locations and 200km of optical fiber, and hosted by Siemens, the network has the capability to re-route connections in the event of link failure, and handle eavesdropping attacks.

Though it sounds a little Star Trek, Quantum Crypto has been around for over 20 years already – IBM patented the classic Quantum key exchange algorithm in 1984. It’s a novel concept because the key exchange algorithm (BB84) is provably secure – i.e., there’s no hack or attack for it unless our understanding of the nature of the Universe is fundamentally wrong. Read more…

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Bitmap Discovery Exploits

October 8, 2008 Leave a comment

It was announced back in October 2008 that Bernd Roellgen of PMC Ciphers has “discovered” a possible exploit which can be used to reveal details of the encryption key used to protect hard disk image backups.  PMC used this information to promote the release of a new version of their software which is immune.

Some customers have asked me what I think about this, as it relates to McAfee products so I thought a blog would be a good place to start. Read more…

Data theft for political gain? No way!

October 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Computerworld today reported that a Dell PC was stolen by some enterprising thieves from John McCain’s Missouri campaign office. While I usually steer clear from commenting on political activities, being only a legal alien and therefore not even able to vote for things I really care about (the local Fire Chief and Sherriff), let alone something so influential as the 44th President of the United States of America, I find myself unable to hold back.

You can read more about the theft from the link above, but of course as this is a blog I’m duty bound to make some observations: Read more…